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#RoadToTheShow: Host Pirates Win Third Straight 2A-4 Title

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Matanzas wrestlers and coaches with the 2A-District 4 traditional tournament trophy at home Wednesday night (Photo submitted by TJ Gillin).

North Florida Matmen staff report

PALM COAST — Matanzas has had quite the season in 2019-20.

It’s ending on the right note for the Pirates, as they dominated the 2A-District 4 tournament at home Wednesday night, outdistancing St Augustine, 231.5-143.5, to win their third straight 2A-4 title.

Matanzas took home the lion’s share of the individual weight-class titles to be won, with eight in all. The Pirates qualified 13 wrestlers to next weekend’s Region 1 tournament at Chiles, with one runnerup, one third-place and three fourth-place wrestlers in the event.

The Pirates got bracket wins from Ethan Goodman (120), Shaun Culbreth (126), George Joanos (132), Sam Russo (138), Griffin Wilder (145), Noel Alicea (152), Quenteen Robinson (170) and Robert Elder (285).

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St Augustine wrestlers and coaches celebrate a team runnerup trophy won Wednesday night in the 2A-District 4 tournament at Matanzas (Photo submitted by Will Rinchiusa).

St Augustine pushed past 2A-District 4 duals champion Seabreeze, 143.5-140.5, for the runnerup spot. The Yellow Jackets, led by sole champion Ryan Murphy (182), qualified out 10 wrestlers to regions, with three runners-up, four thirds and two fourths.

Seabreeze had three champions in Joe Kent (113), Victor Lipsey (160) and Caiden Patton (195). The Sandcrabs qualified nine wrestlers to regions, with two runners-up, three thirds and one fourth.

Deltona held off New Smyrna Beach and Belleview for fourth place, with 88 points to the Barracudas’ 78 and Belleview’s 74.5. The Wolves had one champion in Ethan Chiu (220), qualifying six wrestlers out (two runners-up, one third and two fourths).

New Smyrna Beach also had six qualifiers, with two runners-up, one third and three fourths. The Diamondbacks also had one champion in Zackery Young (106), with five qualifiers (two thirds and two fourths). Pine Ridge was seventh with 58 points and four qualifiers (two runners-up and two thirds) and Mainland eighth with 55 (two runners-up and one fourth).

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Individual champions from Wednesday night’s 2A-District 4 tournament at Matanzas. Front row, from left, are Matanzas’ Noel Alicea (152) & George Joanos (138), along with Seabreeze’s Caiden Patton (195) and Joe Kent (113). Back row, from left, are Matanzas’ Robert Elder (285), Griffin Wilder (145), Quenteen Robinson (170), Shaun Culbreth (126), Sam Russo (138) and Ethan Goodman (120), with St. Augustine’s Ryan Murphy (182), Deltona’s Ethan Chiu (220) and Seabreeze’s Victor Lipsey (160). Not pictured is 106 champion Zackery Young of Belleview. (Photo submitted by TJ Gillin).

Below follows a summary of each weight class:

106 — Young was 3-0 in winning his first title, with a quarterfinal pin over St Augustine’s Gavin Barro (4:57), semifinal tech over Matanzas’ Carter Wilder (17-1, 5:05) and a 6-2 win in the final over Pine Ridge’s Devin Heil. Heil had a bye into the semis, where he decisioned Deltona’s Dianna Pineda, 7-4. Seabreeze’s Kayla Nguyen, who’d lost 12-5 to Pineda in the quarters, came back for third with wins over Wilder (5-3 in the consi semis) and Barro (two wins on the back to punch his Chiles ticket) by fall in 4:46 for third.

113 — Kent (17th in rankings released just tonight) had pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Susan Pacini (1:56, quarters) and Matanzas’ Henson White (1:36, semis), then survived a wild final with Deltona’s Kevin Kerns before taking a 13-10 decision for his first district title. Kerns got to the final behind wins over St Augustine’s Tristan Smith (fall in 2:16, quarters) and a 6-4 semifinal decision over Belleview’s Mark Willis. Willis would come back for third behind pins over Pacini (:45, consi semis) and White (4:40) for third. White secured his Chiles spot with a 5-2 consi-semi win over Mainland’s Hayden Heilman.

120 — Goodman (7th statewide) took his second district title with preliminary pins over Mainland’s Brian Harris (1:36) and Belleview’s Michael Ventre (3:39) before pushing past New Smyrna Beach’s Jace Engberg (11th), 8-2, in the final. Engberg reached the title match with pins over St Augustine’s Wilson Nguyen (:58) and Seabreeze’s Kobe Baert (12th; 4:57). Baert had two bonus-point wins to claim third, with a fall over Harris (1 minute) in the consi semis and a 12-0 medal-round major over Nguyen, who teched Ventre (18-3 in 4:34) to punch his Chiles ticket.

126 — Culbreth (3rd statewide) won his third district title, with falls over Seabreeze’s Ben Orlowski (:58) and Deltona’s Carlos Pineda (3:44) before turning back New Smyrna Beach’s Michael Shannon, 6-4, in the championship match. Shannon had a pair of second-period pins (2:15 over Mainland’s Sean Baughman, 2:18 over St Augustine’s Jordan Levy) to get to the finals. Levy won twice on the back for third, with a fall over Orlowski (1:46) in the consi semi and 6-3 third-place win over Pineda, who secured his space with a 4-1 consi-semi win over Belleview’s Andrew Davis.

132 — Joanos had three wins for his first district title, with falls over Seabreeze’s Edward Davison (2:35) and Belleview’s Zachary McLaughlin (1:39) before taking an 11-4 win in the final over Deltona’s Jacob Swanson. Swanson had a bye into the semis, where he pinned New Smyrna Beach’s Justis Chandler in 3:11. St Augustine’s Christian Jackson, who’d lost by fall to Chandler in the quarters, would get that win back, with a consi-semi pin over McLaughlin (4:20) and 4-3 decision over Chandler for third. Chandler punched his Chiles ticket with a consi-semi pin over Mainland’s Isaias Davila (2:03).

138 — Russo won his first district title with first-period pins over Mainland’s Heath Hilado (1:05) and Deltona’s Zane Hair (1:28), then took a 7-2 win in the final over St Augustine’s Carlos Quintanal. Quintanal falled Seabreeze’s Charles Slaughter (2:25) and decisioned New Smyrna Beach’s Hunter Childress, 10-4, to make the final. Childress came back for third behind two pins over Hilado (1:18) and Hair (2:04), who secured his region space with a fall over Slaughter (2:51) in the consi semis.

145 — Wilder (9th) won his first district title with a pair of pins over New Smyrna Beach’s Jackson Farmer (1:00) and Nik Crossman (3:26), then pitched a 3-0 shutout over St Augustine’s Gabe Galloza in the final. Galloza had pins over Belleview’s Valentino Morales (:37) and Mainland’s Xavier Logan (2:48) to get to the title match. Crrossman would come back for third behind a consi-semi tech (16-0 in 4:26) over Delton’a Mason Ortiz and fall over Logan in 1:42 for third. Logan pinned Farmer in 2:51 in the consi semis to punch his Chiles ticket.

152 — Alicea (7th) avenged a district duals loss in taking his first district title, with pins over Belleview’s Eric McLaughlin (:17) and then Seabreeze’s Brock Roberts (16th) in 1:34 in the final. Roberts advanced to the title match with a 13-8 semifinal win over St Augustine’s Hayden Yanni (20th), who bonus-pointed back to third with a consi-semi fall over New Smyrna Beach’s Thomas Evans (2:23) and a 14-4 medal-round major over McLaughlin for third. McLaughlin pinned Pine Ridge’s Nathaniel Ortiz in 1:20 in the consi semis to advance on to regions.

160 — Lipsey (18th) picked up his second district title, with a semifinal pin over New Smyrna Beach’s Braden Sullivan (1:17) and a 6-4 championship decision over Matanzas’ Tristian Williams. Williams falled St Augustine’s Clint Griffin (1:21) to get to the final. Griffin rallied back for third with falls over Belleview’s Cornelius Bentley-Greene (3:39) and Sullivan (1:38), who’d edged Mainland’s Fred Bowen, 3-2, in the consi semis to punch his Chiles ticket.

170 — Robinson (5th) won his second district title by bonus-pointing through the rounds, sandwiching a semifinal tech (18-2 in 2:59 over Pine Ridge’s Dylan Oglesby) with pins over Seabreeze’s Pedro Sierra (:33) and Mainland’s Brady Howe (:38) in the championship match. Howe reached the final behind wins over St Augustine’s Khaled Gardner (16-6 major) and Belleview’s Shaun Young (10-6 decision). Oglesby had two wins for third, with a 7-1 consi-semi win over Gardner and a 12-0 major for third over Young. Young secured his region space with a 5-3 consi-semi decision over New Smyrna Beach’s Thomas Connell.

182 — Murphy won his second district title by bonus-pointing through the draw, with a 54-second pin over Mainland’s Tommy Short and 14-4 major over Pine Ridge’s Jonathan Waugh in the final. Waugh had two pins to reach the championship, with falls over Belleview’s Julian Flores (:51) and Seabreeze’s Chris Thomas (1:46). Matanzas’ Sean LeBeau, who lost by fall to Thomas in the quarters (2:47), came back for third with pins over Short (1:38) and New Smyrna Beach’s Dale Edwards (:26), who’d decisioned Thomas, 4-2, in sudden victory to qualify out for regions.

195 — Patton won his first district championship with pins over St Augustine’s Jaquan Whitty (2:55) and New Smyrna Beach’s Austin Mitchum (:35), then pushing past Mainland’s Doug Dittmer, 6-4, in the championship round. Dittmer reached the final with a third-period pin over Belleview’s Nathan Halstead (5:02); Halstead came back for third with a 2-1 consi-semi decision over Whitty and fall over Matanzas’ Vincent Iuliano (4:43) for third. Iuliano, who’d lost to Halstead in the quarters, secured his space with a consi-semi pin (1:35) over Mitchum.

220 — Chiu won his first district title with pins over Pine Ridge’s D’Angelo Baker (3:46) and Mainland’s Jordan Colubiale (2:58), followed by a 6-2 win in the final over Seabreeze’s Nathan Boyd (18th). Boyd had a bye into the semi, where he falled belleview’s Andrew Dunn in 4 minutes. Baker came back for third behind pins over Dunn (2:16) and Matanzas’ Pete Grimm (2:45), who punched his Chiles ticket by falling Colubiale in 3 minutes in the consi semi.

285 — Elder won his first district title with a bye into the semis, where he pinned Belleview’s Titus Bailey (:36). Elder then took a 6-3 win over St Augustine’s Justin Ballard in the final. Ballard falled Deltona’s Nathan Hatch (1:15) in the semis to reach the final; Hatch, in turn, had a bye into the third-place match, where he pinned Seabreeze’s Connor Flagg (2:23). Flagg (who fell 10-0 to Hatch in a pigtail) took down Bailey, 6-3, in the consi semis to win a spot at regions.

Complete brackets from the tournament can be found HERE.

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